How To Create Discord Server Folders
Last Updated: September 16, 2020
If you have used Discord for any length of time, what began as membership of a single server likely gradually increased to a dozen or perhaps many dozens of servers. There are so many servers covering so many topics that it’s easy to find yourself trying to manage a list full of servers. That’s where Discord server folders come in.
Discord server folders were introduced in summer 2019 and have gone down a storm. Rather than having dozens or hundreds of chats in ever-increasing server lists in the app window, you can now create Discord server folders to organize them a little better.
You can create a folder for Fortnite, a folder for Borderlands 3, another for Apex Legends, another for Division 2 and so on. All chats pertaining to those conversations can be quickly accessed using those folders. When you’re dealing with hundreds of chat threads at any given time, any method that helps organize them all is welcome!
Creating Discord server folders
Like most things on Discord, a lot of thought has gone into making folders as straightforward as possible. It’s a very simple thing to create Discord server folders and even easier to manage them. The process works similarly on the desktop app or on mobile too.
On desktop, to create a Discord folder, do this:
- Locate two servers you want to organize into the same folder.
- Drag one server icon over the second server icon.
- Drag any other server’s icon into the new folder containing your two servers.
To create a Discord server on mobile, do something similar:
- Open Discord and select your two servers.
- Long press one server icon and drag it over the second server icon.
- Repeat for every server you want to add to that folder.
- Long press the new folder to move it around the server list.
Customizing your Discord folder
On both desktop and mobile, you can hover over the new folder and you should see a popup label. Right click the folder on desktop or long press on mobile and you should see a Folder Settings popup. Select that and you can make changes to your folder.
You can add a name under Folder Name or change the color. Those are the only two changes you can make right now but I expect more will follow at some point.
While changing the color of the folder may seem a little pointless, it is a very useful tool for organizing everything. For example, if you have created a Fortnite folder, Borderlands 3 folder, Apex Legends folder and so on, you can give each a color similar to their brand color for easy recognition.
I have already experimented with this and it works well for finding your servers quickly. All my Borderlands 3 chats are in the yellow folder, my Division 2 chats in an orange folder, Destiny 2 in a blue folder and so on. You may get some crossover with colors but I’m sure you can work something out.
Using Discord folders
Discord folders seem such a small thing and on the test setup I use for SwipeTips they don’t add much value. However, on my real life Discord setup with dozens of servers across all manner of games and subjects, the ability to organize everything is excellent. It takes a little getting used to, finding where everything is but that was the case when you have to scroll through the server list.
If you’re a member of some lively servers, there is one final trick up this new feature’s sleeve. Mark Folder as Read. If you’re seeing dozens of notifications in the same folder and won’t have time for them anytime soon, right click or long press the folder and select Mark Folder as Read. This immediately clears all notifications from them. It’s another small improvement but as quality of life improvements go, every little helps!
Discord folders are one of the most requested features over the past year or so. Now they have finally arrived, along with some efficiency tweaks within the app itself, we have to find something else we want. All to keep the developers on their toes and working hard. We don’t want them giving up on us just yet!